Several of the most common causes of alcoholism are: biological factors, environmental factors, social factors and psychological factors. Heres a breakdown of how each one plays a role in the development of alcohol abuse.
What are the characteristics of being an alcoholic?
Alcoholism is a disease of extremes, of disappointments, of depression, of exhilaration, of dishonesty, of denial, of wrecked relationships.
Is alcoholism a personality disorder?
Alcoholism cannot cause a personality disorder, but it can cause many of the symptoms associated with them, such as edginess, hostile behavior, and paranoia. Although someone with a PD may experience these difficulties already, alcohol and can intensify these symptoms.
What mental illness is associated with alcoholism?
Axis I disorders commonly associated with alcoholism include bipolar disorder, certain anxiety disorders (e.g., social phobia, panic disorder, and post–traumatic stress disorder [PTSD]), schizophrenia, and major depression (Helzer and Przybeck 1988; Kessler et al.
What does alcoholism do to your personality?
Alcohol abuse can cause big changes in your personality. Normal personality traits can disappear during intoxication and be replaced with selfish, angry and egotistical behavior. Aggression and mood swings are very common as well as a general deterioration of morals.